DIY – Six easy ways to upcycle glass jars…

I always have loads of empty jars lying around, and at Christmas I used metallic spray paint to decorate a couple to store my pens and makeup brushes.

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Since then I have continued to hoard jars, and now that my collection has become embarrassingly large (try explaining to visitors why you have twenty five empty olive jars stashed on top of your wardrobe…) I’ve been enjoying repurposing them and putting my ridiculous collection to good use.

1. Thrifty Kitchen ware.
My old flatmate Alex once told me about an Uncle of hers who would keep empty jars and use them to cater for large parties of people without having to buy loads of drinking glasses. This is such a simple solution, but since all of my glasses have been gone the way of the warrior after a semester of knocking about in our flat kitchen, it’s a cheap and easy way to get drinking glasses for nothing. Plus I think they look really pretty. What’s not to love?


2.Organisational Components.
I’m a massive fan of putting things into other things, and glass jars are perfect for organising small cosmetic items such as cotton wool and cotton buds. This is another super simple solution, but a few glass jars make a huge difference, allowing for vertical storage, maximum visibility, and all that good stuff.

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3. Personalised Snowglobe

This is so fun and easy to make, either as a craft to do with kids or as a fun gift or ornament. I combined these Breaking Bad Lego figures with a couple of bottle lids using superglue, then added glitter and water (blue of course) before screwing the cap on tight for instant glitter fun. This little guy is now sitting on my desk and I’m pretty chuffed with it.

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4. Lunch Box

If you’re always losing your tupperware (of if it’s constantly full of leftover pizza), grab a jar and add pasta, quinoa, cous cous or salad for a fancy lunch or snack on the go. You could even just fill it with smarties, and you’ll be the most popular person ever. Bonus.

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5.  Night Light

I had this string of fairy lights up in my University room over Christmas, and so I decided to make them less Christmassy by turning them into a simple night light. The clear cord makes them perfect for this project. Mine are battery powered, and the battery pack is concealed behind the jar. Dead simple and it looks great.

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6. Candle Holder

These votives are so simple to make, and would be super cute for Valentine’s day. Simply trace and then cut out a design of your choice in a piece of plain white (or black) paper, and secure it tightly around the jar. I chose to add a strip of tracing paper between the white paper and the jar for a frosted, or ‘etched’ glass effect. An inch of water at the bottom of the glass and a tea light and you’re done.

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